How did I not know about #TolkienReadingDay?! In addition to celebrating the Gondorian New Year and the downfall of Sauron, March 25th is set aside each year to honor the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Tolkien Society started the wonderful Tolkien Reading Day in 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favorite passages and attending events. Unfortunately, it looks like the majority of the events take place across the pond. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never heard of Tolkien Reading Day before Middle Earth News posted about it a couple days ago.
Tolkien Reading Day is organized around a particular theme each year. This year’s theme is “Poetry and Songs in Tolkien’s Fiction.” Since I love anything to do with Hobbits, I’ll be reading (and singing) my favorite Hobbit songs and poems:
- “The Road Goes Ever On” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 1 (“A Long-expected Party”) and Chapter 3 (“Three is Company”). I’ll also be reading the longer version from The Hobbit, Chapter 19 (“The Last Stage”).
- “Upon the Hearth the Fire Is Red” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 3 (“Three is Company”).
- “A Drinking Song” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 4 (“A Short Cut to Mushrooms”).
- “The Bath Song” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 5 (“A Conspiracy Unmasked”).
- “Farewell Song of Merry and Pippin” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 5 (“A Conspiracy Unmasked”).
- “Song in the Woods” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 6 (“The Old Forest”).
- “The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 9 (“At the Sign of the Prancing Pony”).
- “All that is Gold Does Not Glitter” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 10 (“Strider”).
- “Sam’s Rhyme of the Troll” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 12 (“Flight to the Ford”).
- “I Sit Beside the Fire” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter 3 (“The Ring Goes South”).
- “Frodo’s Lament for Gandalf” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter 7 (“The Mirror of Galadriel”).
- “Oliphaunt” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 2, The Two Towers, Book 4, Chapter 3 (“The Black Gate is Closed”).
- “In Western Lands” from The Lord of the Rings vol. 3, The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 1 (“The Tower of Cirith Ungol”).
Will you be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day? What will you be reading?
Fanspeak Files is hosting a year long read-along of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, starting tomorrow! I don’t even know how many times I’ve read The Hobbit, but I’ve only read The Lord of the Rings once in my life, and that was when I was twelve or thirteen.
The timing couldn’t be better, either. Why? I own all the audiobooks but have yet to listen to any of them. Also, since I started working full-time, I get more time to listen to audiobooks on my drive to and from work every day than I get to read most nights after work and on the weekends. That is especially true now that the Boyfriend and I are packing up the apartment to move the first week of April. I can listen to my all-time favorite book while I pack!
Here’s the schedule:
- March 20th to June 19th – The Hobbit
- June 20th to September 21st – The Fellowship of the Ring
- September 22nd to December 20th – The Two Towers
- December 21st to March 19th, 2017 – The Return of the King
Will you be joining #FanspeakTheRing?
There’s a party going on over at The Edge of the Precipice, and it’s all Tolkien, all the time! How could I not participate?! Below are the questions that everyone at the party has been asked to answer.
1. What draws you to Tolkien’s stories? For me, it’s all about the hobbits.
2. What was the first Middle Earth book you read or movie you saw? What did you think of it? My 1st Middle Earth book was a picture book based on the cartoon adaptation of The Hobbit. I was ten or eleven, came across it in the public library, and remembered that when I was five or so, I had seen the cartoon and loved it. Coincidentally, that was my first Middle Earth movie, but no one had told me it was a book! I immediately went to the card catalogue (yeah, I know, I’m OLD) and looked up The Hobbit.
3. Name three of your favorite characters and tell us why you like them. Bilbo Baggins because if he hadn’t decided to go on an adventure and subsequently forget his handkerchief I wouldn’t have been able to read about it, Gandalf because he arrives precisely when he means to, and Samwise Gamgee because without him, Frodo would have never gotten the ring to Mordor.
4. Are there any secondary characters you think deserve more attention? In the movies, yes, but not in the books.
5. What Middle Earth character do you relate to the most? I relate the most to Bilbo Baggins. Like him, I went on an adventure that required me to leave just about everything I took comfort in, and then I quietly “retired” back into my quiet world of books, tea, and cardigans. I do have the occasional crazy party, figuratively speaking, but, for the most part, I still feel world-weary from my time in the Army.
6. If you could ask Professor Tolkien one Middle Earth-related question, what would you like to ask him? I would ask him if he would please write another hobbit story or book of short stories about the hobbits.
7. Are there any pieces of Middle Earth merchandise you would particularly like to own, but don’t? The Hobbit Shop can just take my money. Also, this hardcover edition of The Hobbit and everything listed here and here.
8. What battle would you absolutely not want to be part of? I wouldn’t want to be a part of any of them!
9. Would you rather eat a meal at Rivendell or Bag End? Bag End, of course! Tea is at four 🙂
10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies. I did a whole post about my favorite quotes from The Hobbit.